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448 pp.
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Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human? Third Canadian Edition

Third Edition

Robert H. Lavenda, Emily A. Schultz and Cynthia Zutter

Anthropology: What Does It Mean to Be Human? is the most current and comprehensive Canadian introduction that shows students the relevance of anthropology in today's world. This edition of Anthropology asks what it means to be human, incorporating answers from all four major subfields of anthropology - biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology - as well as applied anthropology. Reorganized to enhance accessibility, this engaging introduction continues to illuminate the major concepts in the field with up-to-date content from both Canadian and global spheres of anthropology. With fully updated research and data, Anthropology is the essential four-fields introduction to anthropology for Canadian students.

Readership : Students taking first-year Introduction to Anthropology (four fields) courses at the university level.

1. What Is Anthropology?
2. Why Is the Concept of Culture Important?
3. Why Is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?
4. What Can the Study of Primates Tell Us about Human Beings?
5. What Can the Fossil Record Tell Us about Human Origins?
6. How Did Homo Sapiens Evolve?
7. What Can Evolutionary Theory Tell Us about Human Variation?
8. How Do We Know about the Human Past?
9. Why Did Humans Settle Down, Build Cities, and Establish States?
10. Why Do Anthropologists Study Economic Relations?
11. What Can Anthropology Teach Us about Sex, Gender, and Sexuality?
12. Where Do Our Relatives Come From and Why Do They Matter?
13. How Do Anthropologists Study Political Relations?
14. What Can Anthropology Tell Us about Social Groups and Social Inequality?
15. What Can Anthropology Tell Us about Globalization?
16. How Do We Make Meaning?

Instructor's Manual
Test Bank
Image bank
Chapter quizzes
Video resources
Ebook available: 9780190167431

Robert H. Lavenda is an emeritus professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University.

Emily A. Schultz is a professor of Anthropology at St. Cloud State University.

Cynthia Zutter is Vice-Provost at MacEwan University, where she is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science. She has taught anthropology courses for the past seventeen years at the university and has over two decades of research experience in the Arctic.

Reading Cultural Anthropology - Pamela Stern
Cultural Anthropology - Robert L. Welsch and Luis A. Vivanco
Medical Anthropology - Andrea S. Wiley and John S. Allen

Special Features

  • Incorporates Canadian content throughout while retaining an overarching global approach,?giving students a balanced overview of anthropology at home and abroad.
  • Breadth of approach over 16 chapters offers students a comprehensive introduction to the discipline
  • Boxes such as In their Own Words and Anthropology in Everyday Life help students understand the relevance of relevant anthropological issues in the world today